Célia em Movimento

an E-CHANGER volunteer for 7 years, celia worked until june 2007 for the 'gender sector' of the MST/BA - the rural landless workers movement in the northeastern brazilian state of bahia. from then until june 2010 she worked at the international secretariat of the world march of women in são paulo. although she is no longer a volunteer, she still works in brazil with the WMW and E-CHANGER and will therefore continue to share her professional and personal experiences... enjoy!

14 November 2006

annual e-changer volunteers' get-together, 6th - 10th november, 2006

last week, e-changer's brasilian volunteers - and representatives of the local NGOs/movements we work for - spent a week together in the southern bahian city of ilhéus. the programme included: evaluation of the last 10 years of e-changer's brasilian coordination (the current 2 coordenators will begin to hand over their responsabilities to a new team in january 2007); visits to local communities and presentations of reflections resulting, and conclusions drawn, from those visits; and looking ahead to the future...

along with this message, i've included links to 2 new albums in which you'll find photos of the get-together itself (volunteers and their families, etc), and of the community visit i organised in the middle of the week for 15 get-together participants to 3 mst camps in the region. we were all very moved by the welcomes given to us by the residents of camps 'luanda', 'ojeferson' and 'patria livre' (in the form of theatre, songs and capoeira), and felt privileged to be able to learn more about their struggle for land and agrarian reform.

13 November 2006

a 'what does celia look like now?' update 2...

it's not even been 2 months since i posted the 'what does celia look like now?' update number 1, but already it's out of date! long hair just wasn't me, so after letting it grow since i arrived in brasil i recently decided to chop it all off... feel free to leave comments!

celia and the mst

i've been writing a 'celia and the mst' page in the em movimento newsletter for over 3 years, but i don't think i've ever described the office i work in (the mst/bahia's state head office in salvador). so i'd like to present to you both the phyiscal office space and my colleagues who work in it. i'll let the photos do the talking...

all of us outside the office. from left to right:
(back) isadora, heloiza, jaqueline, joatan, lourdes, benedito, maricarla, ednaldo
(front) mara, me, a woman from one of our camps, ana
rita, adenilsa, tâmara

heloiza and isadora's office ('projects sector'). with them in this photo is vagner, who works for one of the 8 regional mst/bahia offices. my desk is on the other side of the sliding door you can see at the back behind isadora.

adenilsa, the 'education sector' coordinator in her office.

fabya, my boss and office coordinator (she's not in the photos unfortunately - she's studying for her MA in a different north-eastern state), has seen to it that our office team is highly capable, dynamic, young... and mostly female! here's some of my beautiful colleagues:

maricarla (left) and mara (accounts and admin)

tâmara (reception)

jaqueline & baby (accounts)

me at my desk! ('gender sector')

and last but not least, more gorgeous mst/bahia staff:

bené (finances)

ednaldo (general admin)